WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005
Jacksonville knocks off UCF, 3-1
Aug. 31, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four Dolphins record double figures in kills as the Jacksonville volleyball team knocked off in-state rival UCF 3-1 at Swisher Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
After a slow start, Eva Stoilova turned it in on and led the Dolphins (1-4) with her third double-double of the season, recording 15 kills and 14 digs as Jacksonville picked up its first win of the season.
"I'm really proud of how we responded tonight," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "Our defense stepped it up, which created the spark for our offense to get going. We need to take the momentum into the busy weekend up ahead as well as the rest of the season."
After presenting JU President Dr. Kerry Romesburg with a plaque commemorating last year's Atlantic Sun Championship, the Dolphins showed how they won the title, jumping out to a 10-3 lead.
But UCF came right back, scoring the next eight points to take the lead 11-10.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth until they were tied at 18. UCF outscored JU 12-6 the rest of the way to take the first game, 30-24.
Game two saw the Dolphins race out to a hot start again, taking an 8-3 lead.
The Golden Knights went on a 7-1 run to take a 10-9 lead, capped by Jana Mitchell's kill.
With the game tied at 18, Jacksonville took control of the game, surging to a 23-20 lead and evened the match with a 30-23 win.
Having only five kills through the first two games, Stoilova came alive in game three and got some help from Laura Goettsch off the bench. Stoilova recorded seven kills, with Goettsch adding six as the Dolphins took control early and never looked back, winning game three, 30-23.
The Dolphins took control of game four early, taking a 10-4 lead and never game UCF a chance, cruising to a 30-22 win and the first win of the season.
Joining Stoilova in double figures in kills was Lindsay Ward and Petya Borisova with 12 apiece and Joanna Silva with 11 kills and 10 digs. Erin Donivan had a match-high 52 assists. Borisova also had 13 digs as well while Alyssa Fowles had a team-high 16 digs.
UCF was led by Mitchell's 16 kills and Lindsay Randazzo's 19 digs.
The Dolphins are back in action again on Friday as they host Robert Morris as part of the North Florida Invitational. First serve is set for 7 p.m.